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Inspiring Quotes for Sustainability Leaders

We live at a critical moment in human history. In these dizzying times of immense change and uncertainty, the need for courageous leadership has never been greater.

I am deeply inspired by the hard work and dedication of sustainability leaders and visionaries who continuously work through the ups and downs to create a better world. A world where people take care – of themselves, each other, and the planet. A world that creates family sustaining jobs for all. A world where people can bring their whole selves to work. A world built on trust, respect, and inclusivity. Where everyone belongs.

I hope the following quotes nourish and inspire you for the great work ahead. In the words of the late Ray Anderson, “Get up and get going. There’s a lot to do.”


In times of great winds, some build bunkers, while others build windmills. – Chinese proverb

The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write. It will be those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn. – Alvin Toffer

The bamboo that bends is stronger than the oak that resists. – Japanese proverb


The future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found, but made, and the activity of making them changes both the maker and the destination. – John Schaar

Most of the things worth doing in the world had been declared impossible before they were done. – Louis Brandeis

It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory. – W. Edwards Deming


When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe. – John Muir

We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

In our present state of affairs, the very survival of humankind depends on people developing concern for the whole of humanity, not just their own community or nation. – Dalai Lama


Far too many people are looking for the right person, instead of trying to be the right person. – Gloria Steinem

You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water. – Laurence J. Peter

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. – Helen Keller

They tried to bury us. They didn’t know we were seeds. – Mexican proverb